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Looking To Build A Gaming Beast! $1500 - $2000

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May 22, 2012 12:38:20 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: December 2012 - January 2013 (Long Ways Away)

Budget Range: $1500 - $2000 : After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Rendering, Programming, Watching Movies, Surfing the Internet

Parts Not Required: OS, Sound System

Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel based products (If you think AMD then go ahead and comment with them parts)
Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 (HD)

Additional Comments: Any suggestions on what keyboard or mouse I should get? I play mostly FPS games like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Counter-Strike. I also games like WOW and Diablo. I need a system that runs around $1500 - $2000 and has a great threading processor because I render alot of YouTube videos in 1080p. Also something that will be good for the next 5-8 years. Would like a quite fan, but cooling is my main concern and enough space in my case for cable management (GOOD)

Here's what I've been looking at so far (I've included links to Newegg.com for reference, but not necessarily for price):

Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-I ATX Full Tower :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 750W :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Hard-Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Solid State Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 2.5" 128GB :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner: Asus SATA 24x DVD Burner :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Should I get a Fan Controller? They Look Super Cool, but would I need it for the motherboard I have selected?

Please Feel Free To Change Any of The Specs Above : Thanks Everyone! Lets Make This A Beast!
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May 22, 2012 1:05:44 AM

Would that cooler be able to fit good in my case? Do you really think this could be alot better then the Frio? I changed my Processor :)  Thanks
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May 22, 2012 1:11:08 AM

R43C said:
Would that cooler be able to fit good in my case? Do you really think this could be alot better then the Frio? I changed my Processor :)  Thanks
it should fit and i know for a fact it's a better cooler :D 
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May 22, 2012 1:12:35 AM

I will take your advice THX alot :) 
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May 22, 2012 1:15:48 AM

Get a bigger SSD. 5 - 8 years? You are dreaming. I don't keep cars that long.
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May 22, 2012 1:30:24 AM

It is a very nice case - switched to it from my HAF :) 
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May 22, 2012 1:32:08 AM

to explain big more thoroughly

frio is a very load CPU cooler it runs great and is really strong

Noctua has a better cooling solution and runs very quiet, it has a hard time fitting in some cases but haf 932 has a lot of room

SSD: do not really like OCZ 3, if you really want that huge of a performance go with OCZ 4, if you want a very high reliability rate then go with Cruical M4

i am not a big fan of fan controllers i would suggest going with an ASUS board with fan xpert 2 instead of a sabertooth+fan controller

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

change 580 into a 670/680 580 takes more power while you can SLI with 2x670 with just a 700 watt supply

change PSU into something better Coolermaster do not make good PSU they are more known for their cases
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
you can change Ram into something low profile on the way to make the Heatsink fan fit better
goes nice with the board too

trimming off some excessive fat
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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May 22, 2012 1:32:44 AM

R43C said:
It is a very nice case - switched to it from my HAF :) 
Good choice you won't regret it i love the case :) 
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May 22, 2012 1:33:02 AM

I just looked that you are buying in 7 months? Yeah, your build will be completely different by then.
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May 22, 2012 1:37:57 AM

cranked said:
I just looked that you are buying in 7 months? Yeah, your build will be completely different by then.


yea you are right in 7 months HDD will be cheaper SSD will be cheaper win 8 will come out by then

maybe some new boards/CPU will come out that will be better than 3rd gen intel

new GPUs will come out that will be faster than 670/680

a better monitor for a better price might come out(really doubt it but cyber monday/ black friday might have good sales)

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May 22, 2012 1:38:07 AM

how much do you think it would change though? Personally I don't think it will to much at all.
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May 22, 2012 1:39:11 AM

As much as the power (Watts) requirement matters, the current requirement, measured in Amps is as important if not even more important. This is especially true if you have a or several dedicated video card(s). As a general rule of thumb, you’re aiming for the highest number on the 12V line.Power Supplies that are certified 80 PLUS have been independently tested for their efficiency. Now, there are 4 different 80 PLUS certifications, depending on how efficient the power supply is:

80 PLUS: The power supply is at least 80% efficient at 20%,50% and 100% load
80 PLUS Bronze: The power is at least 82% efficient at 20% and 100% and 85% efficient at 50% load.
80 PLUS Silver: The power is at least 85% efficient at 20% and 100% and 88% efficient at 50% load.
80 PLUS Gold: The power is at least 87% efficient at 20% and 100% and 90% efficient at 50% load.

The 80 PLUS and highercertifications are the way to go when you are looking for an efficient power supply.

Do not trust specifications such as “Efficiency: 80% to 85% Efficiency Typical” that are not 80PLUS certified. 80 PLUS is an independent standard test. No 80 PLUS and “Efficiency: 80% to 85% Efficiency Typical” means that it is 80% to 85% efficient, according to the manufacturer that is, using their own in-house test, which may or may not so much represent real efficiency.Brand name doesn't really matter since almost all have made bad psu aside from seasonic imho.The power supply he picked is fine true cooler master doesn't make great psu however the one he picked is fine ;) 
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May 22, 2012 1:41:32 AM

R43C said:
how much do you think it would change though? Personally I don't think it will to much at all.


It may not be "completely different", but prices and products change a lot in 7 months.
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May 22, 2012 1:43:40 AM

Right, I see where you are going with that :)  I am right now just trying to get a general idea of what I will need and the price range.
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May 22, 2012 1:53:54 AM

R43C said:
Right, I see where you are going with that :)  I am right now just trying to get a general idea of what I will need and the price range.


to get a good idea maybe you might be able to get 2x570 vs 1x670/680
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May 22, 2012 1:55:10 AM

I have changed alot of the specs, please have a look at the new ones :) 
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May 22, 2012 2:09:00 AM

save some extra money and go with the HDD+burner combo
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May 22, 2012 2:11:57 AM

Got it :p 
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May 22, 2012 2:46:21 AM

NH-D14 here is a check list of what ram will fit bud


DDR3

Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 A-Data G-Series Yes
DDR3 A-Data G-Series ver2.0 No
DDR3 A-Data Plus-Series Yes
DDR3 A-Data Plus-Series ver2.0 No
DDR3 A-Data Standard- / Value-Series Yes
DDR3 A-Data X-Series Yes
DDR3 A-Data X-Series ver2.0 No




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 Corsair Value-Series Yes
DDR3 Corsair Vengeance No
DDR3 Corsair Vengeance Low-Profile Yes
DDR3 Corsair XMS3 DHX Series No
DDR3 Corsair XMS3 Dominator Mod Compatible when the heatsink on top of the heatspreader is removed. Please take a look at our FAQ-entry.
DDR3 Corsair XMS3 Dominator GT Mod Compatible when the heatsink on top of the heatspreader is removed. Please take a look at our FAQ-entry.
DDR3 Corsair XMS3-Series Yes




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 Crucial Ballistix Yes
DDR3 Crucial Ballistix (Tall Heatspreader) No
DDR3 Crucial Ballistix Tracer Yes




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 Elixir Standard Series Yes




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 G,Skill Ares Series Yes




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 G.Skill ECO Series Yes
DDR3 G.Skill Flare Series No
DDR3 G.Skill PI Black Series No
DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws Yes
DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws X series Yes
DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws Z series Yes
DDR3 G.Skill Sniper Series Yes
DDR3 G.Skill Sniper series Yes
DDR3 G.Skill Trident Series No




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 Geil Black Dragon Series Yes




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 GeIL Gaming EVO ONE No
DDR3 GeIL Green Series Yes




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 Geil Ultra Plus Yes




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 GeIL Ultra Series Yes




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 Geil Value Plus Yes




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 GeIL Value Series Yes
DDR3 GeIL XMP EVO ONE Series No
DDR3 GeIL XMP Ultra Series Yes




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 Kingston HyperX Yes
DDR3 Kingston HyperX Genesis Yes




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 Kingston HyperX H2O No




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 Kingston HyperX Tall HS No
DDR3 Kingston Value-Series Yes




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 Mushkin Blackline Yes
DDR3 Mushkin Essentials Yes
DDR3 Mushkin Proline Yes
DDR3 Mushkin Radioactive Series Yes
DDR3 Mushkin Redline Yes
DDR3 Mushkin Ridgeback Yes
DDR3 Mushkin Silverline Yes




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 OCZ Blade 2 series No
DDR3 OCZ Blade Series No
DDR3 OCZ Fatal1ty Series Yes
DDR3 OCZ Flex XLC Series No
DDR3 OCZ FlexEX No
DDR3 OCZ Gold Series Yes
DDR3 OCZ Intel Extreme Series Yes
DDR3 OCZ Limited Edition Series Yes
DDR3 OCZ NVIDIA SLI-Ready Series Yes
DDR3 OCZ Platinum Series Yes
DDR3 OCZ Reaper Series No
DDR3 OCZ Titanium Series Yes
DDR3 OCZ Value Series Yes




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 Patriot Bladed Series Yes
DDR3 Patriot Gamer 2 Series Yes
DDR3 Patriot Gamer Series No
DDR3 Patriot Signature Line Yes
DDR3 Patriot Viper II Series Yes
DDR3 Patriot Viper Series No
DDR3 Patriot Viper Xtreme Series Yes




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 Super Talent Black Series Yes
DDR3 Super Talent Chrome Series No
DDR3 Super Talent Desktop-Series Yes
DDR3 Super Talent Extreme Performance Series No
DDR3 Super Talent Gold Series No
DDR3 Super Talent Project X Series No
DDR3 Super Talent Speed Series No




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 Team Group Elite Series Yes
DDR3 Team Group Xtreem Dark Series Yes
DDR3 Team Group Xtreem Series No




Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
DDR3 Transcend aXeRam No
DDR3 Transcend Jetram Yes
Yes compatible Mod possible issues (see comment) No incompatible
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May 22, 2012 2:54:03 AM

So my RAM is good to go? Why do you keep referring to NH-D14? What does that mean>>?
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May 22, 2012 2:55:28 AM

Can anyone suggest a good gaming mouse? The keyboard I have is a Razer Anansi, so I was thinking about going with the Razer Mamba for the mouse. Any thoughts on that?
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May 22, 2012 3:00:06 AM

R43C said:
So my RAM is good to go? Why do you keep referring to NH-D14? What does that mean>>?
that's the cooler your getting :lol:  and the ram has to be compatible with it
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May 22, 2012 3:00:50 AM

for FPS i prefer deathadder, RAT mouses
MMO Naga
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May 22, 2012 3:05:16 AM

bigcyco1 said:
that's the cooler your getting :lol:  and the ram has to be compatible with it

Ha lol, sorry the changes to my specs are going so fast it is hard to keep track of the names people are referring to :) 
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May 22, 2012 3:07:05 AM

Could you explain how I can tell if the the RAM is compatible with the Heatsink? Why is this important?
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May 22, 2012 3:07:21 AM

R43C said:
Ha lol, sorry the changes to my specs are going so fast it is hard to keep track of the names people are referring to :) 
no problem it's understandable :) 
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May 22, 2012 3:09:38 AM

boulbox said:
for FPS i prefer deathadder, RAT mouses
MMO Naga

Yea I have a MMO keyboard, but I doubt the extra keys will get used to much. I am thinking about getting the deathadder :)  the reason I like the Mamba is because the mouse itself can change colors just like my keyboard :)  So I can match the colors scheme and the Mamba 2012 can be wired or wireless with just a simple plug in cord.
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May 22, 2012 3:54:36 AM

i prefer not to spend $100 each mouse i mean you kinda lose a lot of money when you can just buy something that is just as smooth for cheaper

go for it if you like just my honest opinion of saving money

oh btw get a tracking pad(mouse pad) it feels nice on the wrist and makes the mouse move pretty smooth
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May 22, 2012 6:00:14 AM

cranked said:
I just looked that you are buying in 7 months? Yeah, your build will be completely different by then.


Can only agree with you here, planned a build 2 months ago and since then everything on the spec list has changed. Constantly finding better deals, problems, putting a bit more cash into it, stock goes in and out. Got another month till its bought, can only imagine what it will be then.
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May 22, 2012 6:17:15 AM

Why are you getting a GTX 670 on 1280x1024 res? A Radeon 6850 will max out any game at that res. Atleast get a 1080p monitor.
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May 22, 2012 6:44:58 AM

azeem40 said:
Why are you getting a GTX 670 on 1280x1024 res? A Radeon 6850 will max out any game at that res. Atleast get a 1080p monitor.
Hes trying to future proof for the next 5 to 8 years :lol: 
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